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Crackle Finish



Is it possible to get a
crackle finish in a pigmented,
water-based lacquer
that is applied with an
HVLP spray gun? If so,
please tell me how.


Yes, it can be done.
Put down a base
color first (the color that
will show through the
cracks of the finish) and
let it dry completely.
Now brush on a thick
coat of liquid hide glue,
cut 50/50 with water. Let
it dry for several hours,
then spray on your colored-
lacquer top coat.
The size of the cracks will
depend on how heavily
you spray the lacquer.The
heavier the coat, the bigger
the cracks.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker April 1999, issue #72.

April 1999, issue #72

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